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#1 Skittles

 
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:53 PM

I know that celiacs get some sort of tax refund or something for being celiac and having to buy expensive foods. Do we have to save our recipts or do we just have to have a dr note stating that we are celiac?
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 05:55 PM

Really? I've not heard of this, that's interesting! :)
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:05 PM

A topic from a year ago may be informative: http://www.celiac.co...post__p__771721

Also: http://www.celiac.co...and-income-tax/
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:23 PM

A topic from a year ago may be informative: http://www.celiac.co...post__p__771721

Also: http://www.celiac.co...and-income-tax/

I'm a bit unclear, is this only possible in Canada? A lot of the posters were Canadian in one of the threads. It sure seems like a lot of work, makes me wonder if it would be worth it.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

I'm a bit unclear, is this only possible in Canada? A lot of the posters were Canadian in one of the threads. It sure seems like a lot of work, makes me wonder if it would be worth it.

There is, I recall, an opportunity for a medical expense claim in the US, but I do not know anything about the details. Maybe someone who files a Form 1040 can comment.
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:45 PM

Things get pretty complicated with making the claims in the US. Honestly I can only speak for the most recent year as nothing is set in stone for the upcoming filing year. In short, you'll need medical expenses meeting or exceeding 7.5% of your AGI and medical documentation stating that a gluten free diet is necessary. You would deduct the difference in cost between regular and gluten free replacement foods, so if bread is $2 and gluten free bread is $7 you'd get a $5 deduction. It's quite complicated and I would highly recommend speaking with a tax professional immediately if you are interested in the deduction. (If you wait until tax time it will be too late to bother for this year.)
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:46 PM

There is, I recall, an opportunity for a medical expense claim in the US, but I do not know anything about the details. Maybe someone who files a Form 1040 can comment.

If I remember correctly, with the medical expense you have to itemize your deductions. If you just claim the standard deduction, it would not matter. If you do itemize, I believe that it then depends on how much you make as to whether it makes a difference.

I am not 100% on this, but I know we were checking into since we put 3 kids in braces last year!
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 06:53 PM

Things get pretty complicated with making the claims in the US. Honestly I can only speak for the most recent year as nothing is set in stone for the upcoming filing year. In short, you'll need medical expenses meeting or exceeding 7.5% of your AGI and medical documentation stating that a gluten free diet is necessary. You would deduct the difference in cost between regular and gluten free replacement foods, so if bread is $2 and gluten free bread is $7 you'd get a $5 deduction. It's quite complicated and I would highly recommend speaking with a tax professional immediately if you are interested in the deduction. (If you wait until tax time it will be too late to bother for this year.)


Oh goodness, it does seem as though this could get pretty hairy rather quickly. I do have a tax professional, so I'll question her and see what she thinks. Thank you for the input, not sure if it's for me but definitely worth looking in to!
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Posted 09 July 2012 - 07:20 PM

Oh goodness, it does seem as though this could get pretty hairy rather quickly. I do have a tax professional, so I'll question her and see what she thinks. Thank you for the input, not sure if it's for me but definitely worth looking in to!


I used to be a "tax professional" but frankly it drives me up a wall. My best friend is a CPA and I let her keep me in the loop but this past season was my last, I've thrown in the towel. I don't even want to do my own!
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:11 AM

Haha yes, one of my friends is a CPA and she had a rough time this year as well! She dreads tax season every year!
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 04:56 AM

When claiming that a regular loaf of bread costs $2 and the gluten-free one costs $7, you would need a receipt for the loaf you purchased and proof that a comprable loaf is only $2. I thik these sort of deductions will make you more likely to be audited, so this proof is important. I would imagine there could be an argument that store brand $2 bread is really not the gluten equivalent of a $7 loaf of Canyon Bakehouse Seven grain bread.

If you have enough medical expenses, maybe it would be worth it.

This would be for the US.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 02:47 PM

My husband is a chartered accountant and tax specialist and we did this. It didn't really help a great deal - I believe a $400 credit (not a refund). But it is easy for me to track - I keep all receipts and do a simple spreadsheet itemizing everything. Then you just claim what is "reasonable". Revenue Canada cannot refute that. And as stated above, if you do not have lots of other health claims it is not worth doing (I must have weekly massage, physiotherapy, chiro and so on).
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 03:53 PM

My husband is a chartered accountant and tax specialist and we did this. It didn't really help a great deal - I believe a $400 credit (not a refund). But it is easy for me to track - I keep all receipts and do a simple spreadsheet itemizing everything. Then you just claim what is "reasonable". Revenue Canada cannot refute that. And as stated above, if you do not have lots of other health claims it is not worth doing (I must have weekly massage, physiotherapy, chiro and so on).

Great info, thank you all for your input.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:35 PM

Thanks guys! I'm thinking I may not do it haha seems like too much work!
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 06:38 PM

Thanks guys! I'm thinking I may not do it haha seems like too much work!


I agree with you there, Skittles!
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